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All are invited to listen to Book Breaks on Sunday, February 11, at 2 pm ET. to hear CHAT Fellow Diego Javier Luis discuss his book The First Asians in the Americas: A Transpacific History.

What is the earliest event in Asian American history? In The First Asians in the Americas, Diego Javier Luis begins in 1565, chronicling Asian migration to the New World on the so-called Manila galleons. These ships enjoyed a near-complete monopoly on transpacific trade between Spain’s Asian and American colonies. Hailing from Gujarat, Nagasaki, and many places in between, both free and enslaved Asians boarded the galleons and made the treacherous journey each year.

You can register here for this event. Book Breaks is hosted by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History